by Axios | 1.11.19
White House National Security Advisor John Bolton issued a statement Friday saying the U.S. "does not recognize Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate claim to power."
The big picture: Maduro began his second six-year term Thursday after winning a sham election in which he deposed or intimidated all of his legitimate challengers. His government has contributed to a massive humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, with nearly 90% of population in poverty and 3 million citizens fleeing the country as economic refugees. The U.S. joins 14 Latin American countries that have labeled Maduro's presidency "illegitimate."
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